Mike, I have supported your outrage fairly frequently on a number of different issues. I recall Libya; I recall, at least occasionally, your problems with the President. In a short response, two examples should be enough. At what point do I have to share your outrage at each issue you bring up or be branded a "see what I mean" kind of guy. At what point can I be amused by something other than what you're upset about and not get creamed.
You might note I was responding to the actual subject of the thread.
While there are lots of things that the President has done that upset me, Solyndra hardly even registers. If it had, I would have responded to your actual thread on the subject, which had some interesting points to make.
But you are enough of a Capitalist to understand that a thread is as much a product as any other, and if you haven't gotten people to buy into the topic, it's silly to blame the customers. It's beyond silly, it bad marketing. If people don't buy your soft drink, you adopt until they do or you go out of business. If you start bkaming them for having evil taste buds, then you've more or less missed the point haven't you?
I don't find the topic interesting. I didn't when you broached it as its own topic, and I don't now that you broach it in the middle of another. Being told that I'm a predictable partisan for ignoring the topic certainly does nothing to pique my interest. You know already, by the way, that I'm partisan. I make a point of saying so frequently. What my position will be on any single issue, however, may not be so predictable.
You are still left with the writer's basic problem, that of engaging the reader, and blaming the reader for not being engaged is bad marketing. Whomever we may be as writers in a political sense, left, right or center, we need to be writers first, otherwise we aren't communicating. You simply haven't found a way to get people caught up in your enthusiasm for your issue, perhaps not the right lead, perhaps not the right slant. Usually you do an excellent job of it, and I get caught up in conversations that I'm not particularly interested in and find myself getting passionate about them. It's a strong point of yours as an essayist. Somehow, you've missed it here.
Pardon my groping around here, Mike. I've been trying to think through my reaction to your comments and my thoughts have focused themselves more clearly as I've written on. I think the thoughts at the end are closest to what my final thoughts on the issue are. Sorry if I seem to be bouncing all over the place.
[This message has been edited by Bob K (10-18-2011 02:19 PM).]